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White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears

Original story at Washington Post• 136 mentions • 7 months ago

Washington Post 7 months ago

 
The political appointee charged with keeping watch over Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and his aides has offered unsolicited advice so often that after just four weeks on the job, Pruitt has shut him out of many staff meetings, according to two senior administration officials. At the Pentagon, they’re privately calling the former Marine officer and fighter pilot who’s supposed to keep his eye on Defense Secretary Jim Mattis “the commissar,” according to a high-ranking defense official with knowledge of the situation. It’s a reference to Soviet-era Communist Party officials who were assigned to military units to ensure their ...
 
 
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What they're saying:

22 Mar
Sarah Milstein @SarahM
This sort of White House intrusion in federal agencies breeds bureaucracy, generates zero value for American public https://t.co/TXnOz3M9kz
22 Mar
GRAY @oceanshaman
RT @Shoq: OMFG Don't get significance of this Wapo story ➤ https://t.co/Z9i34yMXai Here's @Mr_Electrico's explanation ➤ https://t.co/O8Gojl
22 Mar
nancyflanagan @nancyflanagan
"influential coterie of senior aides installed by WH, charged w/ monitoring Secretaries’ loyalty..." https://t.co/Wk1ZoYmHsy
22 Mar
Thomas Power @thomaspower
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/j4rP7F8pjQ via @webuproar on @refindcom
21 Mar
Renee PurrpleCatmama @PurrpleCatMama
WH installs political aides @ #Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears #45spying #noteffectiveifeveryoneknows https://t.co/2MWpeagd2N
21 Mar
Rebecca Leber @rebleber
This is a much better, more entertaining theory why there's no EPA announcements: https://t.co/vbDGcPypan https://t.co/jea1lQA8av
21 Mar
Joanie MacPhee @JoanieGentian
RT @RandiRhodes: #TWITTLER demands absolute fealty Installs spies in every agency https://t.co/xy8qSlN5lc
21 Mar
Holly @TheOracle13
RT @JohnWDean: Way Beyond Nixon's White House Trump installs aides at Cabinet Dpt to be his eyes and ears https://t.co/nmMHzGe2ku https://t
20 Mar
Between The Lines @BTLRadioNews
Trump's Gestapo-like secret police taking shape?https://t.co/lvtV50wtRt #resist #TheResistance
20 Mar
The YM Impeach Trump @theyesmen
The WH has commissars installed at each cabinet agency to ensure the loyalty of the agency's head. Wow. https://t.co/a9xToXRQFQ
20 Mar
arman walker @armanwalker
Paranoid? White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears - The Washington Post https://t.co/SU5KWFnUIF
20 Mar
YFGF @Cizauskas
Der Kommissar's in town. #Trump installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be his eyes and ears. https://t.co/UuRVOiQDPt
20 Mar
Economy & Business @economytweets
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears - The Washington Post https://t.co/9TLguUtZ8t
20 Mar
PJ Jakovljevic @pjtec
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears - The Washington Post #stasi https://t.co/8lVY0AaIwh
20 Mar
Jack Rice @jackrice
Trump has placed his own Commissars throughout the govt? Well, I'm shocked Comrade Trump. Bahahahaha https://t.co/zuYlD8ZbUg
20 Mar
tristan walker @tristanwalker
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/mJTtJlZlTk
20 Mar
Andrew Mueller @AndrewMueller
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/qmYIljloMS —straight from #Putin'sPlaybook
20 Mar
(((Naomi Bloom))) @InFullBloomUS
I never thought I'd see this same "oversight" in America, but it's found a home in the #Trump administration. https://t.co/Cz3ZUMqxC6 2/2
20 Mar
bsonder @bsonder
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/JdmjRrpWbB https://t.co/W8uEjW81MB
20 Mar
Dave Johnson @dcjohnson
RT @JohnWDean: Way Beyond Nixon's White House Trump installs aides at Cabinet Dpt to be his eyes and ears https://t.co/nmMHzGe2ku https://t
20 Mar
Sierra Club @SierraClub
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes & ears https://t.co/uxeHLYWR8i (@washingtonpost)
20 Mar
Grant J Smith @grantmeaccess
RT @ddale8: Trump has installed people to monitor the loyalty of his cabinet secretaries: https://t.co/58NP1S9Ub8 https://t.co/6W6dV8eXa9
20 Mar
Cassandra, basically @Ruby
Trump using actual SOVIET tactics to ensure that gov't agencies are loyal to their fuhrer uber alles. WaPo: https://t.co/0d1RMN7cXV
20 Mar
Chris Bucchere @bucchere
RT @nils_gilman: Commissars on the Potomac https://t.co/HGa8nxXjGZ
20 Mar
Martha @happymartie1
Sign of Trump's paranoia: White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/LK2x1Va2KN
20 Mar
Catherine Azzarello @azzcatdesign
RT @MikeLevinCA: Is this the White House or the Kremlin? https://t.co/eWETuf2ck5
20 Mar
Al Johnson @Fox2Al
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears - The Washington Post https://t.co/9iPDKezMI6
20 Mar
John Burik, LPCC-S @JohnB2
Didn't the old Soviet Union install 'political officers' in various units? https://t.co/Fp2eiHpXQj
20 Mar
Vonciel @getrealvonciel
RT @GottaLaff: White House installs political aides--"commissars"--at Cabinet agencies to monitor loyalty https://t.co/9H2dowmeIM
20 Mar
Xeni Jardin @xeni
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears - The Washington Post https://t.co/5KsMkHDlst
20 Mar
Laffy @GottaLaff
White House installs political aides--"commissars"--at Cabinet agencies to monitor loyalty https://t.co/9H2dowmeIM
20 Mar
cdorobek @cdorobek
Reading @washingtonpost: White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/g7IWfud2lB
20 Mar
EZ_4_new_MN @EZ_4_new_MN
Talk about a corrosive work environment. At least #Trump admin will eventually implode from within https://t.co/WPUVUPxi1j #foxnews #maga
20 Mar
Sanho Tree @SanhoTree
Like that Alec Baldwin film "Hunt for Orange October" where political commissar's job was to spy on the Captain... https://t.co/X4aeFfKdXt
20 Mar
Alex Leo @AlexMLeo
The Trump/Bannon paranoia knows no bounds. https://t.co/Eoh1lBstGV https://t.co/pr6mqrZq3U
20 Mar
Anne-Marie Slaughter @SlaughterAM
In Soviet Union these were "commissars." WH installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to b Trump’s eyes & ears. https://t.co/xKISmPM531
20 Mar
Knowledge Alliance @KnowledgeAll
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/GOHezcC042 https://t.co/Y568hdvwaw
20 Mar
Rᴀɴᴅʏ Wɪᴛʜᴇʀs @counselorinsite
Some are calling them "Commissars." White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies, AKA spies - #WaPost https://t.co/QwRiEkaLE1
20 Mar
Kurt Andersen @KBAndersen
Sounds hellish. Article concludes that the arrangement is either like "Veep" or the Lincoln Administration. https://t.co/tevd8yuzm7
20 Mar
neil pessall @neilpX
RT @LadyLiberty411: WH installs #RobertMercer's crew at Cabinet agencies to be #Trump’s eyes and ears. https://t.co/Pybf2PLY0o https://t.c
20 Mar
Susan DeMark @scdemark
RT @ddale8: Trump has installed people to monitor the loyalty of his cabinet secretaries: https://t.co/58NP1S9Ub8 https://t.co/6W6dV8eXa9
20 Mar
Mike Signorile @MSignorile
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to monitor loyalty to Trump --The Washington Post https://t.co/qwxj1LsvGz
20 Mar
Jim Y. Trammell @JimYTrammell
Remember when Palpatine tasked Anakin to spy on the Jedi Council? https://t.co/pijroHTWWG
20 Mar
Jacques Yerby @tshewang
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump's eyes and ears https://t.co/1n3SnkNTcJ
20 Mar
Still Too Female @schemaly
WH installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump's eyes & ears, and to monitor loyalty #thisisnotnormal https://t.co/6wPC04F6wJ
20 Mar
Pervaiz Shallwani @Pervaizistan
These aides report not to the secretary, but to the Office of Cabinet Affairs. https://t.co/vuQx5yXxR3
20 Mar
Richard B. Almon ESQ @BytePatent
The imbedded trump Dingbats call themselves the "Idio-Stasi" ;) (Ok, no, but they should) https://t.co/IIkyyYezeS https://t.co/GeXZFV9DSI
20 Mar
Dan Farber @dbfarber
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/QKB5169cLZ
20 Mar
Paul Raeburn @praeburn
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/XzW6dC3wvD
20 Mar
John Voelcker @johnvoelcker
Fascinating. Unprecedented. VERY Soviet: #WhiteHouse places political aides in Cabinet agencies as #Trump eyes, ears https://t.co/tl61asxNhu
20 Mar
Christopher Argyris @chrisargyris
RT @juliaioffe: White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/n7hiPziqdR
20 Mar
Michelle Ye Hee Lee @myhlee
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/2XeH6i9yx4
20 Mar
Dave Manchester @dredeyedick
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/1wxyOs8A24
20 Mar
Joyce Gramza @ishwie
#45 installs political eyes & ears at Cabinet agencies #thisisreal #mastermanipulator https://t.co/iKbmSuxWCp https://t.co/mZGtWTLxNn
20 Mar
Everywoman @thinker128
RT @Max_Fisher: well this is completely insane https://t.co/6Z5nGYqOUS https://t.co/j8i9VUuBW0
20 Mar
Grid Wide News @GridWideNews
Top story: White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump… https://t.co/K2TkaKM2Fl, see more https://t.co/9sULjKdzIk
20 Mar
#TheResistance @eqracer
RT @KeithOlbermann: No, this isn't straight out of Russia, 1975 https://t.co/69hhJWq7NY
20 Mar
David Mascord @DavidMascord
RT @stann2: Top story: White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump… https://t.co/2Uauo9n5HH, see more https://t.co
20 Mar
Angela Korras @AngelaKorras
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/PwlOLxLIiI https://t.co/u8sCwE4wAd
20 Mar
Nancy Kaplan-Biegel @kaplann
Oooohhhh, *that's* what Republicans mean by "deep state." https://t.co/4V5Q00UAkM
20 Mar
artmixx @artmixxer
RT @KeithOlbermann: No, this isn't straight out of Russia, 1975 https://t.co/69hhJWq7NY
20 Mar
Hisham Rana, MD @hrana
Is Trump is creating the "deep state" that he rails against? It almost makes sense based on his track record. https://t.co/lfmnAwhAPS
20 Mar
Dean Landsman @DeanLand
RT @JohnWDean: Way Beyond Nixon's White House Trump installs aides at Cabinet Dpt to be his eyes and ears https://t.co/nmMHzGe2ku https://t
20 Mar
Howard French @hofrench
RT @JohnWDean: Way Beyond Nixon's White House Trump installs aides at Cabinet Dpt to be his eyes and ears https://t.co/nmMHzGe2ku https://t
20 Mar
Joe Jackson @joejackson
RT @Max_Fisher: well this is completely insane https://t.co/6Z5nGYqOUS https://t.co/j8i9VUuBW0
20 Mar
Clayton D Brannon @ahbrannon
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/nVbQzudku7
20 Mar
Jen Roman📎 @NgullenR
RT @jackthecat11: White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/FnJCsXkko9
20 Mar
sɹǝʌɐɹʇ ǝʞıɯ @mtraven
RT @BWJones: The Trump @WhiteHouse installs aides to monitor department loyalty to Trump: https://t.co/DtQScYbFcZ This is straight up, a f…
20 Mar
Blue Doggie ✌🏳️‍🌈 @3lueDoggie
RT @Brasilmagic: White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/d7OkXmjkJ1
20 Mar
David Doniger @ddonigernrdc
Gingrich has it wrong. They're not draining the swamp. They're filling it with alligators. https://t.co/06tYf5Txh8
20 Mar
SustainOurEarth @SustainOurEarth
Top story: White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump… https://t.co/KtrIH4Zahw, see more https://t.co/28XbqIBBHc
20 Mar
Susanne Trimbath PhD @SusanneTrimbath
Trump hired 36 alligators to watch the swamp: https://t.co/sjPW5DNEEx
20 Mar
Patricia Scott @8s
RT @Shoq: OMFG Don't get significance of this Wapo story ➤ https://t.co/Z9i34yMXai Here's @Mr_Electrico's explanation ➤ https://t.co/O8Gojl
20 Mar
Andy Revkin @Revkin
RT @costareports: WH installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/07RLoPfNwp
20 Mar
James Harbeck @sesquiotic
RT @ddale8: Trump has installed people to monitor the loyalty of his cabinet secretaries: https://t.co/58NP1S9Ub8 https://t.co/6W6dV8eXa9
20 Mar
Liz Fong-Jones @lizthegrey
RT @ddale8: Trump has installed people to monitor the loyalty of his cabinet secretaries: https://t.co/58NP1S9Ub8 https://t.co/6W6dV8eXa9
20 Mar
((BewareBelievers©)) @BewareTheBeliev
RT @KeithOlbermann: No, this isn't straight out of Russia, 1975 https://t.co/69hhJWq7NY
20 Mar
Television Whore @televisionwhore
RT @ddale8: Trump has installed people to monitor the loyalty of his cabinet secretaries: https://t.co/58NP1S9Ub8 https://t.co/6W6dV8eXa9
20 Mar
Mario Estevez 📎 @llendonmar46
RT @jackthecat11: White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/FnJCsXkko9
20 Mar
Zack Ford @ZackFord
RT @ddale8: Trump has installed people to monitor the loyalty of his cabinet secretaries: https://t.co/58NP1S9Ub8 https://t.co/6W6dV8eXa9
20 Mar
Steve Rhodes @tigerbeat
RT @costareports: WH installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/07RLoPfNwp
20 Mar
Chris Geidner @chrisgeidner
RT @ddale8: Trump has installed people to monitor the loyalty of his cabinet secretaries: https://t.co/58NP1S9Ub8 https://t.co/6W6dV8eXa9
20 Mar
Matt @Matthew4300
RT @Max_Fisher: well this is completely insane https://t.co/6Z5nGYqOUS https://t.co/j8i9VUuBW0
20 Mar
Kip OnMSFT @kipkniskern
"If you drain the swamp, you better have someone who watches over the alligators" - Newt Gingrich https://t.co/rPznOEm4qi
20 Mar
DISGUSTEDamnYankee @thedamnyankee2
RT @KeithOlbermann: No, this isn't straight out of Russia, 1975 https://t.co/69hhJWq7NY
20 Mar
Bill Scher @billscher
RT @Max_Fisher: well this is completely insane https://t.co/6Z5nGYqOUS https://t.co/j8i9VUuBW0
20 Mar
Heidi N Moore @moorehn
RT @Max_Fisher: well this is completely insane https://t.co/6Z5nGYqOUS https://t.co/j8i9VUuBW0
20 Mar
Gerald R. Grow @GeraldRGRow
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears - The Washington Post https://t.co/yNqsdlRRIM
20 Mar
Shoq @Shoq
OMFG Don't get significance of this Wapo story ➤ https://t.co/Z9i34yMXai Here's @Mr_Electrico's explanation ➤… https://t.co/gnLahOqbOn
20 Mar
Mud Baron @Cocoxochitl
RT @KeithOlbermann: No, this isn't straight out of Russia, 1975 https://t.co/69hhJWq7NY
20 Mar
Jeanne Sahadi @jjsahadi
RT @costareports: WH installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/07RLoPfNwp
20 Mar
jazi @kahluaandrum
RT @KeithOlbermann: No, this isn't straight out of Russia, 1975 https://t.co/69hhJWq7NY
20 Mar
Dr Becca, PhD 🐘 @doc_becca
RT @BWJones: The Trump @WhiteHouse installs aides to monitor department loyalty to Trump: https://t.co/DtQScYbFcZ This is straight up, a f…
20 Mar
Kirsten Dinesen @onevoice2
RT @asmith83: The Dolores Umbridge's of the Trump administration. https://t.co/AN5GTIDznw
20 Mar
Ken Adams @adamsken
RT @BWJones: The Trump @WhiteHouse installs aides to monitor department loyalty to Trump: https://t.co/DtQScYbFcZ This is straight up, a f…
20 Mar
Greg Rucka @ruckawriter
RT @BWJones: The Trump @WhiteHouse installs aides to monitor department loyalty to Trump: https://t.co/DtQScYbFcZ This is straight up, a f…
20 Mar
marci b 🌾 @eco_marci
RT @BWJones: The Trump @WhiteHouse installs aides to monitor department loyalty to Trump: https://t.co/DtQScYbFcZ This is straight up, a f…
20 Mar
Glen Roberts @GTRoberts
RT @BWJones: The Trump @WhiteHouse installs aides to monitor department loyalty to Trump: https://t.co/DtQScYbFcZ This is straight up, a f…
20 Mar
Sarah Boon @SnowHydro
RT @BWJones: The Trump @WhiteHouse installs aides to monitor department loyalty to Trump: https://t.co/DtQScYbFcZ This is straight up, a f…
20 Mar
(((Jeff Gates))) @outtacontext
We live in a repressive country. We've just crossed over. https://t.co/UuWwJogtes #trump #theResistance #resist #p2
20 Mar
J. Chris Pires @JChrisPires
RT @KeithOlbermann: No, this isn't straight out of Russia, 1975 https://t.co/69hhJWq7NY
20 Mar
Walid Muhammad @walidmrealtor
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/ebo7VplhvK - WaPo https://t.co/kW06n74g5W
20 Mar
Philip Rucker @PhilipRucker
Good look at Trump's "commissars," aides installed to monitor Cabinet secretaries' loyalty, by @Reinlwapo @eilperin https://t.co/9du5cFLxhj
20 Mar
Gary Denton @EasterLemming
The Trump administration is still missing top staff but the White House has appointed "loyalty commissars" to... https://t.co/WC601g4fcX
20 Mar
Sarah Posner @sarahposner
Trump admin installing minders to ensure Cabinet secretaries' loyalty https://t.co/mliaT7VrSZ https://t.co/jhi4PaNqK9
20 Mar
andreasgal @andreasgal
RT @KeithOlbermann: No, this isn't straight out of Russia, 1975 https://t.co/69hhJWq7NY
20 Mar
PrivacyDigest @PrivacyDigest
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears - The Washington Post 🤔 https://t.co/BSx59ZK5tr
20 Mar
Joshua Bloch @joshbloch
What really sets great leaders apart is their ability to delegate: https://t.co/pEwmKjaPXl
20 Mar
djvjgrrl @djvjgrrl
RT @KeithOlbermann: No, this isn't straight out of Russia, 1975 https://t.co/69hhJWq7NY
20 Mar
Jesse Rodriguez @JesseRodriguez
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears https://t.co/GUaCgdJQnG
20 Mar
KentBottles @KentBottles
RT @KeithOlbermann: No, this isn't straight out of Russia, 1975 https://t.co/69hhJWq7NY
20 Mar
AlcuinsLibrary @AlcuinsLibrary
RT @KeithOlbermann: No, this isn't straight out of Russia, 1975 https://t.co/69hhJWq7NY
20 Mar
Keith Olbermann @KeithOlbermann
No, this isn't straight out of Russia, 1975 https://t.co/69hhJWq7NY
19 Mar
Will Saletan @saletan
When you lead with clear principles and earn respect, you don't have to install minders at all the federal agencies. https://t.co/pc4HQeXBpd
19 Mar
Ray Pride @RayPride
https://t.co/qWzF8r0W2F Color in every bite of almost any reported piece about Trump's crazed, dazed government https://t.co/fc5aYO6IWd
19 Mar
Brad King @thebradking
https://t.co/pGFoy5jzaf The Deep State, same as it ever was
19 Mar
Steve Silberman @stevesilberman
Trump installs an unusual "shadow government" of senior aides monitoring his Cabinet appointees' loyalty to him. https://t.co/lNxkbXa7xn
19 Mar
Wise_Diva @wise_diva
RT @Carolynyjohnson: Wow- all the president's men... and their minders https://t.co/uU92I1Bsab
19 Mar
Shaun Dakin @IsCool
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump's eyes and ears - Washington Post https://t.co/dEtHkcWp1x via @nuzzel
19 Mar
Ina @minzi8mango
White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears - The Washington Post https://t.co/TePFUhSziw
19 Mar
Bruce Bartlett @BruceBartlett
Trumps avoids appointing people to Senate-confirmed gov't positions & relies instead on unaccountable nobodies. https://t.co/Elv9NHVszO
19 Mar
Ed O'Keefe @edatpost
NEW: White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears (@Reinlwapo @eilperin) https://t.co/L4dfoqPUKr